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  • nlghthawk

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    I had a buddy of mine who I know to be anti-gun call me and tell me he was changing a tire on his car and he found a gun where the spare was. The car was a rental prior to his purchase and the gun was pretty rusted so it had been there a few years. I have cleaned it up and shot it and it works fine, but it needs some parts replaced on it to make it acceptable. However, I am uncertain of the legality of owning this gun.

    I found a site that you can run serial numbers through a database but it is a site from Florida. Would the legality of a gun be in a national database? I don't want to own something that could cause me problems and I don't want to cause issues for my friend.

    Its not a cheap gun either so its kind of a nice find and I don't want to just give it up if I can keep it. But its not the a nice find if it will cause me trouble.

    Suggestions?
     

    TexCzech

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    I had a simular issue several years ago , I was driving home late one night from a job down a 2 lane county road in West Texas when I thought I saw a gun laying in the center divider . I spun around an low an behold I was right , it was a older J frame S&W . I kept it a few days trying to figure out what to do with it , finally I just took it to the local sheriffs office a turned it in an never heard nothing of it . I was worried it could possibly be linked to a crime an figured that I could probably buy ten of them for the cost of the trouble it could cause . Its really your call an I don't blame you for wanting to keep it but its rolling the dice .
     

    azkcr

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    Ya. I guard my guns and keep track of them religiously.
    I hate to say it, but it would sound like someone left it there on purpose, if we were not in TX. There's no gun registry, so I don't know why someone would ditch it.

    If it were me, I'm a cheap ass and like crazy objects. So I'd keep it and make sure it never got in the hands of law.
    I wouldn't ever really worry about serial numbers tracing it to a crime, BC how do they know at a crime scene what gun's serial number was that committed it?
    They would only know what the marks on the ballistic are, and if somehow, miraculously they were able to find an intact bullet, could they ever match it to the rifling.
    CSI is not realistic. At all...
    So if it were me, living in TX and not really worried about anything ever, I'd keep it.
     
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    Dawico

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    I'd keep it also.

    But then again, maybe all rental companies keep a gun in with the spare for renter's protection while changing a tire. Or maybe not so much........
     

    txinvestigator

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    It could be a reported stolen gun. It could also be a gun someone forget.

    For me, I cannot just "keep it". I would at the minimum contact the local police and ask if it is stolen. I would be prepared to have them keep it if it is reported stolen.
     

    Gilgondorin

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    Either that, or lost. If you ever get questioned on possession when it's been listed as lost, seems to me like you'll automatically become suspected of theft.
     

    Reaper277

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    Personally I would keep it, or take it to a gun show and sell it off. If you contact the police about it, they most likely will ask you to surrender it regardless if it's clean or not.
     
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